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Transportation of Dangerous Goods (TDG)

Transportation of Dangerous Goods (TDG)

This course is continuously updated to meet all of Transport Canada's training requirements under the TDG Regulations, for all persons who handle, offer for transport, or transport dangerous goods.

The updated course will be available for purchase in September 2018. To be notified when it's ready, please contact us.

Format: e-Course
Language: English | French

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People who handle, ship, carry or receive dangerous goods must be fully qualified, trained and certified for their work.

This course consists of eight modules that provide detailed descriptions of all aspects of the TDG system. The course will help managers and supervisors meet their responsibilities to ensure that all work involving dangerous goods is done properly according to the requirements of the TDG Act and Regulations.

Examples and quizzes reinforce learning and each module has a self-assessment to test understanding of the material. A record of completion is provided upon successful completion of the final exam.

Topics include 8 modules:

  1. Overview: Provides an introduction and overview of the Transportation of Dangerous Goods (TDG) system, the Act and Regulations, including training, classification, documentation, safety marks, means of containment and emergencies.
  2. Training, Inspection and Compliance: Describes the responsibilities of employers under the Act and Regulations, particularly for training and certification of employees, plus information on inspection and enforcement of the Act.
  3. Classification of Dangerous Goods: Describes how dangerous goods are classified for road and rail transport, the 9 hazard classes, and the relationship of TDG classes to shipping requirements.
  4. Documentation of Dangerous Goods: Explains the purpose of documentation, the information requirements for shipping documents, and the requirements for consignors, carriers and consignees.
  5. Safety Marks: Explains the purposes and kinds of safety marks and the requirements for safety marks, including how they are displayed and when they can be removed.
  6. Means of Containment: Describes the various kinds of containers for dangerous goods, the UN Packaging system and other standards for means of containment, certification safety marks, and other requirements to receive, handle and store means of containment.
  7. Emergency Response: Describes the various types of dangerous occurrences, the requirements for reporting and responding to leaks and spills, the use of the Emergency Response Guidebook, and Emergency Response Assistance Plans (ERAPs).
  8. Special Cases for Road Transport: Describes exemptions or partial exemptions from the requirements of the Regulations and explains when they can be used.

Upon completion of this course you will be able to:

  • Understand the requirements of the TDG system for employers, consignors, carriers and consignees
  • Assess the requirements for training and certification of employees with TDG duties
  • Establish effective procedures for the classification and documentation of dangerous goods
  • Ensure that the correct safety marks are applied to suitable means of containment
  • Develop systems for appropriate emergency planning and response

Average time to complete this course is about 7.5 hours.

The course reflects Amendment 6 (February 2008) to the TDG Regulations, as well as Amendment 8 (June 2009) to the Transportation of Dangerous Goods Act, 1992.

Target Audience

  • Strongly recommended for managers and supervisors with TDG responsibilities
  • Recommended for employers and owners with TDG responsibilities
  • Consignors, carriers, consignees and others with TDG responsibilities who prefer a comprehensive course on the TDG system

Guidelines for Training Criteria:

Transport Canada has prepared guidelines to help understand the training requirements in Part 6 of the Transportation of Dangerous Goods Regulations. For further information on the guidelines, see The guidelines indicate what Parts of the Regulations should be included in a person's specific training.

This comprehensive e-course covers all of the topics listed in Training Guidelines A, B, C and D for all TDG positions.

CCOHS offers three other TDG courses to meet your specific needs:

  • TDG: An Overview: Designed for managers and supervisors, employees and others who need to know about TDG, but are not responsible for TDG activities.
  • TDG for Carriers: Intended for people who transport dangerous goods, which may include loading and unloading shipments.
  • TDG for Consignors/Consignees: Intended for shippers and receivers.


Prior technical knowledge of the Transportation of Dangerous Goods (TDG) system is not a requirement. However, familiarity with commercial chemicals and the transportation industry is helpful.

Delivery Method

This course is delivered as an on-line e-learning course. All you need is a computer, access to the Internet - and you are ready to go! This e-learning course is designed to help you learn at your own pace and in your own environment at your own convenience.

Review Process

CCOHS courses are unique in that they are developed by subject specialists in the field, and reviewed by representatives from labour, employers and government to ensure the content and approach are unbiased and credible.

VuBiz Partnership

We partnered with Vubiz - an international leader in e-learning development - to create this e-course.

Vubiz offers other related e-learning courses that may also be of interest to you. Read about them in the Vubiz Catalogue of e-learning courses.

Date Modified: 2018-05-31 13:00:37